News Brief – 11/16

Michael Crites

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In this week’s gun news, Brownells wants to help you build your AR, DRD has an interesting pistol, Big Blue doubles down on black rifles, Big Green heads South, and Steiner enters micro red dot field

Brownell’s ‘How to Build an AR-15’ Video Series

Sure, there are dozens of excellent videos on YouTube and that walk you through how to make your AR in detail. However, these often disappear at moment’s notice and, as alphabet censorship becomes increasingly expansive each day, Brownells is now hosting their own series on their own servers. Good on em.

“Several social media platforms have banned videos and other content showing how to build firearms,” said Brownells VP of Marketing Ryan Repp. “Because of Brownells’ long-time support of the Second Amendment and individual freedom, it made sense for us to create a professionally produced video and resource center to assist rifle builders of all skill levels make the rifle of their dreams in the comfort of their own home or workshop.”

DRD MFP-21

DRD-21 a

New York’s DRD Tactical has a neat new large-format pistol that is available in both .300 BLK and 5.56 NATO– with interchangeable barrel capability– and quick takedown technology. The MFP-21, since it doesn’t need a buffer tube, has a Picatinny rail incorporated on the rear of the receiver that can be used for a brace or whatnot.

It also has an ambidextrous bolt release and custom two-stage trigger. The downside is that it has an asking price of $2,500.

Remington shifts away from New York...again

Remington

Everything old is new again when it comes to Remington Firearms (technically RemArms as Federal bought the rights to the Remington name) as the gun maker announced they are setting up a huge new factory in Georgia. The new plant in LaGrange, Georgia will see a $100 million investment and create 856 jobs over a five-year period.

While it does not mean the end of the company’s activities in their historic (and heavily unionized) Ilion, New York plant, it does seem Big Green plans to have the lion’s share of its workforce at the new (and non-union) Georgia facility.

Notably, the old, and long-bankrupt, Remington Outdoors tried the same thing in 2014 by opening a huge new plant in Huntsville, Alabama to save money and reboot the brand with the help of local and state subsidies.

That didn’t work for one reason or another, but the new and improved RemArms is trying the same thing just three hours away from the old company’s now empty Huntsville concern.

S&W M&P 15 Engraved

To celebrate their new factory in Tennessee– and thumb their nose at progressive Dems in Massachusetts who threatened to ban Smith & Wesson from making ARs at their historic plant in Springfield– S&W announced a new, 2nd Amendment-themed M&P15. Limited to a 2,100-unit run, the M&P15T II Engraved has lots of America going on.

With the same features as the normal, more subtle M&P15T II, Smith is charging about $200 more for the embellishments.

NEW M&P15 TII Engraved a 2A Limited Edition

Steiner MPS

Owned by Beretta, Germany’s Steiner firm specializes in military contracts for optics that normally start in the low four-figures when it comes to price.

However, they are now apparently chasing the micro red dot market with the affordable (for them) Micro Pistol Sight.

Running about $575, it is all-metal and is billed as “one of the toughest pistol sights ever created.” Fog proof, waterproof to 33 feet, adjustable across six day and two night brightness levels, it runs 13,000 hours on a single CR1632 battery.

Our thoughts are that Steiner made it to offer it as an upsell with their other contracts for military end-users (Navy Seal Rich Graham from Full Spectrum Warrior hosts their product video on the MPS), but it is nice to see really good options continuing to fill the ever wider MRD field.

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